The Kesling Wetland restoration began in the summer of 1992, with USFWS and IDNR funding support.  This involved breaking/plugging two drainage tile lines and installing a passive water control structure. A reed canary grass-infested area adjacent to the Farmstead was dredged to provide for more variable depth conditions and programmatic access.  Earthmoving machinery created an adjacent wetland slough and maintained programmatic access to the surrounding land.  The result was a 10-acre marsh and slough wetland community.

Abandoned, reed canary grass-infested agriculture land, looking west from the Kesling Farmstead. (Sept. 1991)

After drainage tiles broken and basin filling. Preparations begin for dredging programmatic access at the Farmstead. (Sept. 1993)

Left half of dredging area complete. (Sept. 1993) 

Wetland slough being shaped and program equipment access provided. Looking south from wetland basin. (August 1992)

View from water control structure at passive water control outlet end of slough (Nov. 1996)

Wetland basin filling with future Rieth Village site in the background. (October 1993)

Perimeter of Kesling slough; marsh milkweed and yellow coneflower (July 2007)